Christmas time is upon us. I am, as usual enjoying the holiday season immensely. Sure, there are burps and hiccups and never enough money but that doesn't put a damper on my holiday cheer. But that leads nicely into my first point...
I know Christmas is one giant commercial for toys or appliances or...more toys. Normally I'm able to overlook that whole aspect but, this year, it's been getting to me for some reason. Don't get me wrong--I love to give presents. I'm particularly pleased when I have a really good gift idea and get to watch the light in the recipient's eyes when he/she opens the gift. I don't have any problems with the giving portion of Christmas.
It's the buying portion of Christmas that I'm not too keen on. Obviously, things must be bought in order for them to be given. Most methodologies that skip the "buying" portion of this formula will land you in jail. In some cultures, I think you'd get your hand cut off...and maybe be forced to eat it with ketchup. But we won't go there.
There are many things about Christmas that link it to commercialism that I already knew. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, for example, was started a looooong time ago as a promotional tool for Montgomery Ward, a department store. Haven't we gone too far when Rachael Ray has a Christmas CD out that are her "holiday favorites?" I'm pretty sure, somehow, even I released a Christmas CD. Though I wouldn't recommend buying it.
For some reason, I'm reminded of the character, Captain Amazing, in the movie Mystery Men (yeah, the guy who had sponsors' logos all over his super suit). Anyway, I'm having an awesome holiday season anyway, just enjoying most everything that comes along with it, and having fun with my family. That's what's important.
Christmas, Christmas time is near